You know how much I love crostini for entertaining. It can be inexpensive, but wonderful. This spread won’t be the most inexpensive for crostini, but it will be devoured. A plus is that you can make this as much as two days ahead of time. Just keep it in the refrigerator and then allow it to return to room temperature to serve.
The great thing about this recipe is that you can make it any time of the year from things you can keep in the pantry. It calls for a can of artichoke hearts, but I prefer those in jars to avoid the plastic liner in the can. I think the flavor is better in the jars also.
You’ll need the artichoke hearts, capers, pitted green olives, olive oil, and garlic. This makes a thick paste to spread on toasted good crusty bread. Or if you wish, omit the bread and use as a pasta topping. You could add a bit more olive oil if needed for the pasta. It’s supposed to be good in a cold pasta salad also.
Click here for recipe at SmittenKitchen. She says to not worry about the color not being very appealing. Once your guests taste it they won’t be able to leave it alone! You might want to serve it in a bowl lined with a dark lettuce leaf or in in a dish with a contrasting color.
Click on the label “crostini” below this post for less expensive versions. Also, see the label “inexpensive appetizers” for other ideas.